$49,588
Avg. Salary
$18.53
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,997

Bonus

$1,531

Profit Sharing

$5,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Purchasing Specialist is $18.53 per hour.

The average pay for a Purchasing Specialist is $49,588 per year.

$14.54
10%
$18.53
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$24.72
90%
MEDIAN $18.53
$37k
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$74k
90%
MEDIAN $49,588
$36,940 - $73,646
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MEDIAN: $49,588
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$14.54 - $24.72
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$0$73K
Salary $36,940 - $73,646
Bonus $0.00 - $7,057
Profit Sharing $302 - $6,754
Commission $5,000
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,282 - $69,151
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 821
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $14.54 - $24.72
Overtime $19.36 - $37.23
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $0.00 - $7,057
Commission $5,000
Profit Sharing $302 - $6,754
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,282 - $69,151
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 510

Job Description for Purchasing Specialist

Purchasing specialists typically hold manager-level positions charged with making purchases necessary for their organization's operations. The day-to-day duties performed by these specialists vary depending on the needs of the company. However, generally, a purchasing specialist works in a service-oriented business and oversees the purchasing and inventory of operating supplies rather than retail goods. Hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and companies that repair, maintain, or conduct construction work typically have a purchasing specialist.

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Purchasing Specialist Tasks
  • Predict required packaging or resources according to customer requests and coordinate with vendors to obtain products.
  • Resolve billing issues and any conflicts between the company and the vendors.
  • Maintain working relationships with vendors, evaluate vendor contract terms, and negotiate prices.
  • Place, schedule, and follow-up on orders to ensure accuracy and timely delivery.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Specialist


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For Purchasing Specialists, progressing to a Senior Buyer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Buyer can earn $66K annually. Career advancement for the typical Purchasing Specialist often leads to becoming a Purchasing Manager or a Procurement Specialist; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

Purchasing Specialist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Purchasing Specialist


Purchasing Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. Lucky workers who know Sourcing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 37 percent above average. Data Analysis and Contract Negotiation are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 37 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Logistics, and Inventory Control. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Negotiation and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 328 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 158 salaries. A Purchasing Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 76 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

14%

9%

-13%

National Average: $45,715

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Purchasing Specialists, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Purchasing Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Columbus (+30 percent), Washington (+23 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). Purchasing Specialists in Dallas report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (13 percent lower) and Charlotte (10 percent lower).

Purchasing Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Purchasing Specialist?

Purchasing Specialist in Batavia:
"Good Place To Work."
Pros: Restaurants and Shopping close to my location.
Cons: Traffic

Purchasing Specialist:
Good benefits, low salary. Employees are taken advantage of and expected to perform under crushing workloads... Management is disconnected from the daily grind. Turnover is at an unacceptable level, retention efforts inadequate and hiring replacement is given little to no importance.

Purchasing Specialist in Houston:
"Flooring Company."
Pros: The people my boss and location.
Cons: Traffic, rain,

Purchasing Specialist in Woodinville:
"Purchasing and Order Status."
Pros: It is close to home. The co-workers are great. Expectations are reasonable and well-defined. My boss appreciates me. I get along well with my boss. My work is interesting and challenging and it keeps me busy. My work aligns with my career goals.
Cons: Compensation is not at a market rate. I don't get listened to very much. Some of my co-workers are slow and I feel like they hold me back.

Purchasing Specialist in Rock Hill:
"Flexibly stressed."
Pros: Flexibility to make decisions you think are best and try new ideas in addition to the opportunity to interact with many different industries as a learning experience and networking opportunity.
Cons: Lack of authority to enforce policies within other departments to streamline processes regarding my own work.

Purchasing Specialist in Kennewick:
"Be cautious of the blame."
Purchasers are constantly in a battle between the company owners who want lower stocking levels, and the sales team who want everything on the shelf at all times. Make sure your decisions are backed by sound reason that can be proven later. Ask the company if they have written policies in place regarding orders, returns, inventory discrepancies, shipping/receiving, and how they enforce the policies. A challenging job that is made much easier by using technology to automate a lot of the menial daily tasks.

Purchasing Specialist in Houston:
"When It's Good It's Great."
Pros: I really enjoy the people I work with. We are a close team that count on each other for assistance an back up. I like putting together master lists to help determine and coordinate deliveries of our fixtures. I enjoy providing and collecting all available information to best determine our course of action in allocating inventory.
Cons: The things I like the least are mostly outside and uncontrollable factors. I do not enjoy the need it done yesterday aspect of my job. Retail is a fickle industry. I don't know how much job growth is available.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Specialist

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 265 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Purchasing Specialist Salaries

▲32%

▲16%

▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Specialist Salaries

Sourcing
▲37%

Data Analysis
▲12%


▲5%

Microsoft Office
▲3%

▼0%

Vendor Management
▼0%

National Average
$46,000



Inventory Control
▼6%

Logistics
▼7%

Customer Service
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 17%